Sir Alex Ferguson on Spanish Football

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson reacts before their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

In a candid interview with the New York Times former Manchester Untied Boss and legend Sir Alex Ferguson opened up about enjoying football and the joys of attending a La Liga match in the seventies and eighties.

“Last season. I went up to have dinner at Ronaldo’s house in Madrid. Took my son and grandson and we just went. I rung up Ronaldo and said, “Hope you’ve got three tickets for us.” He says, “Boss! Boss! of course! Of course!” But I love that. I love going to these big games in Spain.

When I was a young coach, and I used to travel and scout myself, Spanish football back in the ’70s and ’80s was more of a big event. You see these women all dressed as if they’re going to the opera. And the smell of the perfume, and the guys with the cigars smoking in the directors box. It was a fantastic atmosphere for a football game, an event. You’re going [inhales deeply], “Ohhhh, that’s fantastic.” It’s a different game today, because you have corporate boxes and things like that. It changes it a bit.”

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